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SubjectRe: Transparent compression in the FS
On Wed, 2003-10-15 at 09:33, Erik Mouw wrote:

> Nowadays disks are so incredibly cheap, that transparent compression
> support is not realy worth it anymore (IMHO).

Well, just a for-instance... my application is for a data recovery
company. We have 4 bulk servers with a total of around 2TB of storage,
so we're certainly availing ourselves of the low prices of IDE disks.
Most of this stuff is just archival; we keep it around as long as
possible in case our customers discover a month later that they're
missing a file or two. We could probably increase our capacity by a
factor of 5 by compressing these volumes, and the performance penalties
wouldn't hurt us. Honestly, if this is not a supportable thing, we will
probably just elect to incur the overhead of tar -j'ing things after the
customer signs off on the job.

I'm leaning on The Management to find and pay someone to support this in
ext3, but I don't think that's in the near future, unfortunately.

Josh Litherland (
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